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A woman of no importance : the untold story of the American spy who helped win WWII / Sonia Purnell.

Purnell, Sonia, (author.).

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  • 0 of 2 copies available at Wayne/Pike Local Consortium.

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2 current holds with 2 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Dingman Township Library 92 HAL (Text) 30352101251402 Nonfiction Checked Out 08/27/2020
Hawley Public Library 940.54 PUR (Text) 38428001265544 New Book Checked Out 07/28/2020

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780735225299 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 073522529X (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 352 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: [New York, New York] : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2019]

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [317]-334) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue -- The dream -- Cometh the hour -- My tart friends -- Good-bye to Dindy -- Twelve minutes, twelve men -- Honeycomb of spies -- Cruel mountain -- Agent most wanted -- Scores to settle -- Madonna of the mountains -- From the skies above -- The CIA years -- Epilogue.
Summary, etc.:
"The never-before-told story of one woman's heroism that changed the course of the Second World War. In 1942, the Gestapo sent out an urgent transmission: "She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies. We must find and destroy her." This spy was Virginia Hall, a young American woman--rejected from the foreign service because of her gender and her prosthetic leg--who talked her way into the spy organization dubbed Churchill's "ministry of ungentlemanly warfare," and, before the United States had even entered the war, became the first woman to deploy to occupied France. Virginia Hall was one of the greatest spies in American history, yet her story remains untold. Just as she did in Clementine, Sonia Purnell uncovers the captivating story of a powerful, influential, yet shockingly overlooked heroine of the Second World War. At a time when sending female secret agents into enemy territory was still strictly forbidden, Virginia Hall came to be known as the "Madonna of the Resistance," coordinating a network of spies to blow up bridges, report on German troop movements, arrange equipment drops for Resistance agents, and recruit and train guerilla fighters. Even as her face covered WANTED posters throughout Europe, Virginia refused order after order to evacuate. She finally escaped with her life in a grueling hike over the Pyrenees into Spain, her cover blown, and her associates all imprisoned or executed. But, adamant that she had "more lives to save," she dove back in as soon as she could, organizing forces to sabotage enemy lines and back up Allied forces landing on Normandy beaches. Told with Purnell's signature insight and novelistic panache, A Woman of No Importance is the breathtaking story of how one woman's fierce persistence helped win the war."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Goillot, Virginia Hall, 1906-1982.
Women spies > United States > Biography.
Spies > United States > Biography.
Intelligence officers > United States > Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 > Secret service > United States.
World War, 1939-1945 > Underground movements > France.
Genre: Biographies.
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